Manyama stresses team’s progress


Manyama finally made his Amakhosi debut as he started alongside Billiat, Castro and Dumisani Zuma in an exciting front-line that churned out four goals to beat Cape Town City 4-1 over the past weekend.

The 28-year-old last 77 minutes before being replaced by Philani Zulu, who added the final nail in the coffin to down The Citizens at the Cape Town Stadium.

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Manyama was more pleased with the team grabbing their first Absa Premiership victory of the season than his own contribution, but also says it will take some time to get fully into rhythm after several months without game-time.

“Firstly, it was very important that the team got the win, and I think we all contributed very well. Everybody did their job to perfection in what was obviously a tough game,” said Manyama.

“Cape Town City are a very strong team as we all know, so to get a result in Cape Town is very big because it’s never easy there. I’m glad we got through that, and also got through Tuesday’s game [against Free State Stars].

“Obviously what was important was to put the kilometres in and to work hard, which I believe I did. It’s one game at a time and obviously the coach decided to rest me and play the other guys in the Free State game.

“I think that’s the luxury of having the talent that we do in the team – anybody can come in at any time and do very well.”

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Playing alongside the quality of Billiat and Castro is certainly a massive aid for the former PSL and KICK OFF Footballer of the Season, but believes there is enough depth at Naturena to all chip in and produce the goods this season.

“We know what they [Billiat and Castro] have done in South African football, what they did at Sundowns – they are very good players,” he added.

“I’ve known Khama for eight years now, and we all know what he can do and he’s a very special player. We also have to share the responsibilities, it’s very important not to only focus on the front three.

“I mean, look, now we’ve lost Castro and Gustavo Paez came in and did very well, which is very important that everybody feels important in the team.

“At any given time we can rotate and do very well for the team – that’s the most important part. It’s an honour to play with such talent, but there are other guys also doing very well.

“Zuma is doing well for himself, Ekstein came in and did very well against Cape Town City and on Tuesday so, like I said, it’s about sharing the responsibility and making sure we move forward as a team.”

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